According to NBC News, the U.S. Ambassador to Panama has resigned from his post, saying he can no longer serve under Donald Trump.
NBC News reported Friday that John Feeley resigned his position because he feels he cannot “comfortably” serve under Trump.
BREAKING: NBC confirms with the State Department that the U.S. Ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, has resigned because he no longer feels he can comfortably serve under @realDonaldTrump. Feeley is the first U.S. diplomat to resign over the president's comments.
— Mary Emily O’Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) January 12, 2018
In a statement, the State Department said Feeley decided to retire for “personal reasons.”
Feeley’s resignation comes after Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” in a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday.
“As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come,” Feeley said, according to an excerpt of his resignation letter read to Reuters.
A State Department spokeswoman confirmed Feeley’s departure, saying that he “has informed the White House, the Department of State, and the Government of Panama of his decision to retire for personal reasons, as of March 9 of this year.”
John Feeley was a @USMC helo pilot before joining the @StateDept 27 years ago & distinguishing himself in hot spots. @Reuters says Feeley will quit as US ambassador to Panama on principle — because he can no longer serve the #Trump administration. His bio: https://t.co/A9HYJCdwa2 pic.twitter.com/ke2OWYJqUJ
— David Beard (@dabeard) January 12, 2018
This is Ambassador John Feeley. He's a Marine Corps veteran and career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He's been the U.S. chief diplomat to Panama since 2016.
Today, he resigned over Donald Trump's "shithole" comments toward Haiti and other countries.
THIS is integrity. pic.twitter.com/Qn5bGj5aRT
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 12, 2018